Cecilia Cheung's comeback role
A breast cancer patient finds strength in family support and changes the lives of those around her.
WHILE Love Cuts tackles the serious business of breast cancer, the movie initially attracts more attention with its surprisingly provocative movie poster of Kenny Ho and Zoe Tay (with his hand on her bare chest) and equally eyebrow-raising movie stills of Christy Yow and Allan Wu posing in the nude.
Produced in conjunction with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) with the aim to raise awareness of breast cancer, as well as to promote the prevention of the disease, the makers of Love Cuts also collected funds with charity events that were supported by HPB, the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) and the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS).
StarTwo met up with the cast and crew of Love Cuts (Ge Ai in Mandarin) at a media conference to launch the movie in Singapore in late August.
The story chronicles the life of a seamstress who is a mother of two and her struggles with terminal breast cancer, as well as how she inspires and changes the lives of people around her.
The inspirational movie stars Hong Kong’s Ho as the loving and supportive husband, Chan Wai Mun, alongside Singapore’s Tay, 42, as the cancer-stricken wife, Cecilia (or Sissy, as she is fondly dubbed), with Edwin Goh, 16, and Regene Lim, nine, playing their children.
The movie’s executive producer Lim Teck, who came up with the story, worked tirelessly to get Tay and Ho on board, saying the movie would not have been made without them.
Directed by Gerald Lee, and scripted by former deejay Danny Yeo and playwright Lee Shyh Jih, this heartwarming movie by Singapore’s Clover Films and Malaysia’s MM2 Entertainment and Primeworks Studio opened in Singapore to rave reviews early last month.
The movie’s theme song, Shou Zhong Xian, was written by the award-winning songwriting pair, Eric Ng and Xiao Han, and performed by Serene Koong.
One of the movie’s producers Jack Choo also makes a guest appearance besides allowing his
A scene from Singaporean film in which the family gathers during the mother’s advanced stage of illness. Starring (from left) Kenny Ho, Regene Lim, Zoe Tay and Edwin Goh. house to be used for filming the movie. “We hurriedly filmed while my wife was away,” said Choo.
Ipoh-born Yow (who pulled out of her lead role in strip queen Rose Chan’s biopic) portrays a buxom model who battles breast cancer while hunky Chinese-American Wu (host of The Amazing Race Asia) plays her fellow model boyfriend. The movie also co-stars Lin Ruping and Zhu Xiufeng, with cameos by Chu Houren and Desmond Tan.
In the movie, Ho plays a discontented and overworked restaurant manager who is beginning to regret giving up his Hong Kong restaurant business and migrating to Singapore to be with his wife. On the other hand, his wife is a diligent seamstress who is popular because of her cheery nature and superb craftsmanship.
It is unbelievable that Ho is already 50 years old as, with his youthful outlook and constant activity, he can pass off for someone half his age. Even Tay remarked that Ho was easy to work with because “he was so active, even more so than the two kids”, while the two children said that “papa was very amusing and playful”.
Best known for his heroic roles in action-packed projects, Ho always appears to be full of energy, so much so that a chiefly-dramatic non-action role such as this is quite
Her fee will be HK$15mil (RM6mil), which is five times her fee of HK$3mil (RM1.2mil) in 2006, before her four-year break to focus on her family, says Apple Daily.
Her agent also affirms Cheung is making two other movies concurrently: Jingle Ma’s car racing film starring Tang Wei and All’s Well Ends Well 2011, Raymond Wong’s Chinese New Year comedy starring Donnie Yen. a departure from norm for him.
In Love Cuts, Ho had numerous crying scenes, more than he had ever done for any other movie. Yet, with all the drama, his many years of experience told him that something was not right.
“Reading the script over and over, I felt that there was something missing that would give it the much needed punch. So, we ended with the pivotal scene in the kitchen where the husband and wife brace themselves for tough times ahead.” CECILIA Cheung (pic) is restarting her film career with a bang, with four movies and a rocketing salary, say newspapers.
She will star as Mu Guiying in a film on the women warriors of the Yang family, to be directed by Frankie Chan and produced by Jackie Chan, her agent confirms to Ming Pao Daily News.
Famed for his portrayal of Zhan Zhao in several popular longrunning Justice Bao TV series, he is now filming another Justice Bao series in China.
“After filming almost 300 episodes, we’re now all good friends. It is so fun and easy that it never seems like work. I hope to wind up the show with a final episode where our hair has turned white,” Ho added earnestly.
Ho was last seen as a powerful swordsman called Nameless in the
Allan Wu and Christy Yow play a couple who are models.